Travel Destinations People Searched For During Pandemic: Australians are starting to plan their next holiday destination despite the international and state borders remaining closed due to the coronavirus, and the areas they’ve decided on might surprise you.
Online travel company Expedia has calculated the regions people have been searching for in the month of April for check-in dates between October 1 and December 31, 2020, and January 1 to February 28, 2021.
With Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirming that he can’t see international travel being made available to citizens for a ‘long time’, it’s more likely trips will be planned interstate.
So, as a result, the Gold Coast, Queensland, came in as the number one most researched spot, followed by Bali, Indonesia.
Both locations remain balmy year-round, making them perfect for a springtime escape, and contain both family-friendly and youth-related activities.
Warm weather locales like the Sunshine Coast and the Whitsundays made the list, showing that Australians are looking for tropical hot spots.
They might also be wanting to engage in outdoor exploration after being kept inside for weeks.
Oahu in Hawaii, known for its surfing and laid-back lifestyle, also made the list for both time frames, pointing to the way we’re looking for a quick flight – Hawaii is only nine hours away – rather than a lengthy European stint.
In the Asia Pacific region searches for Singapore; Phuket, Thailand and Tokyo, Japan, were high on the charts, possibly because they are faring slightly better against COVID-19 than the northern hemisphere.
Interestingly a number of American cities like Los Angeles, California; Las Vegas, Nevada, and New York made the cut.